17 May 2022

The story behind Sublime Strings

Last Night of the Proms lovers – look no further for your classical music fix. Tickets to that iconic music event can be hard to come by, but ​we are offering you an opportunity to see one of the top-billed acts play in aid of local hospice care next month.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, accompanied by his brother Braimah and their friend Plinio Fernandes, all housemates, will play a charity concert in Chelsea’s stunning Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30pm.

The special concert ‘Sublime Strings’ is the young men’s way of thanking their landlord, Stephen Spiro, Chair of Trustees at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, for lockdown support when concerts were cancelled and theatres closed because of COVID-19.
 
The three internationally renowned chamber musicians will showcase how cello, violin and guitar can complement each other across a range of classical and folk pieces in a hand-picked programme that includes both classical and folk pieces, including Sheku’s own arrangement of Bloch’s poignant Prayer.

Stephen says: “My wife and I heard Sheku perform when he was the soloist in Elgar’s cello concerto at the 2019 proms. We had seen the whole family in a concert at Hatfield House previously and were enthralled by their talent. Just after the Promenade concert our letting agent rang to say he’d found us the perfect tenants for our flat. I couldn’t believe it was Sheku, Braimah and Plinio! It’s been a privilege getting to know them over the years and I’m thrilled they’re doing this charity concert to raise much-needed funds for families facing life-limiting illness.”

Sheku first shot to fame in 2016, winning the BBC’s Young Musician competition. Two years later, he performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding at Westminster Abbey. Still only 23, he performs internationally with the world’s greatest orchestras and in the most prestigious halls, records for Decca Classics and is a Bicentenary Postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. This September, Sheku will perform at the iconic Last Night of the Proms.

This is an exciting chance to see him perform alongside his brother, Braimah, a versatile, Royal Academy-trained violinist, and their friend Plinio Fernandes, a young Brazilian guitarist of international renown.

Book now to secure your seat for Sublime Strings here.